Swimming at the Summer Paralympics

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Swimming at the Summer Paralympics
Swimming pictogram (Paralympics).svg
Governing body IPC
Events 147 (men: 82; women: 65)
Games


Swimming has been contested at every Summer Paralympics. At the first games, the 1960 Paralympics, 62 swimming events were held in distances of 25 and 50 metres, plus a 3×50 metre relay for men. Since then, swimming at the Paralympics has grown to 140 events covering distances from 50 to 400 metres, plus 4×50 and 4×100 metre relays. Along with track and field athletics, it is one of the largest sports at the Paralympics in terms of the number of events, competitors, and spectators.

As with most Paralympic sports, athletes are classified according to the type and extent of their disability.

The International Paralympic Committee recognizes the fastest times swam at the games as Paralympic records.

Medal table[edit]

Updated to 2016 Summer Paralympics. Countries in italics are former countries who participated in the Paralympic Games.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States (USA)269204214687
2 Great Britain (GBR)222246220688
3 Netherlands (NED)181127109417
4 Canada (CAN)162122121405
5 Australia (AUS)125154153432
6 France (FRA)120105105330
7 China (CHN)11910387309
8 Poland (POL)11711585317
9 Spain (ESP)108116113337
10 Sweden (SWE)10611475295
11 West Germany (FRG)766758201
12 Norway (NOR)725140163
13 Ukraine (UKR)696269200
14 Germany (GER)597358190
15 Israel (ISR)555749161
16 Italy (ITA)384946133
17 Japan (JPN)38233899
18 Denmark (DEN)373765139
19 South Africa (RSA)34252786
20 Russia (RUS)33263392
21 New Zealand (NZL)29201463
22 Mexico (MEX)25162263
23 Brazil (BRA)23303285
24 Hungary (HUN)22233378
25 Belarus (BLR)2111638
26 Austria (AUT)19131749
27 Iceland (ISL)1481739
28 Argentina (ARG)13222257
29 Czech Republic (CZE)1351634
30 Rhodesia (RHO)12131136
31 Greece (GRE)10171138
32 Ireland (IRL)109928
33 Finland (FIN)7172448
34 South Korea (KOR)72514
35 Belgium (BEL)6161537
36 Jamaica (JAM)56314
37 Unified Team (EUN)43714
38 Yugoslavia (YUG)35917
39 Singapore (SIN)3115
40 Switzerland (SUI)29718
41 Colombia (COL)25310
42 Estonia (EST)2529
43 Uzbekistan (UZB)24612
44 Slovakia (SVK)2215
45 Peru (PER)2136
46 Cyprus (CYP)2114
47 Faroe Islands (FRO)17513
48 Azerbaijan (AZE)1708
49 Egypt (EGY)13610
50 Thailand (THA)1348
51 Cuba (CUB)1225
52 Luxembourg (LUX)1203
53 Independent Paralympic Participants (IPP)1102
54 Hong Kong (HKG)1034
55 India (IND)1001
 Kazakhstan (KAZ)1001
 Kenya (KEN)1001
58 Soviet Union (URS)011920
59 Portugal (POR)0369
60 Zimbabwe (ZIM)0235
61 Kuwait (KUW)0123
62 Czechoslovakia (TCH)0112
63 Bulgaria (BUL)0101
 Lithuania (LTU)0101
 Vietnam (VIE)0101
66 Croatia (CRO)0044
67 Slovenia (SLO)0022
68 Bahamas (BAH)0011
 Morocco (MAR)0011
 Trinidad and Tobago (TTO)0011
Totals (70 nations)2311218621126609

Multiple Paralympic swimming medalists[edit]

This table is updated to the 2012 Paralympics.

Australian swimmer Priya Cooper acknowledges the crowd after another winning performance in the S8 class at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games
Athlete Nation Years active Class(es) Gold Silver Bronze Total
Trischa Zorn  United States 1980 - 2004 B1, B2, B3 41 9 4 54
Jacqueline Freney  Australia 2008 - 2012 SM7, S7, S8, 34pts 8 0 3 11
Mayumi Narita  Japan 1996 - 2004 SM4, S4, SB3, 20pts 15 3 2 20
Michael Edgson  Canada 1984 - 1992 B3 18 0 0 18
Elizabeth Scott  United States 1992 - 2000 B3? 10 2 5 17
Béatrice Hess  France 1984 - 2004 S5 20 5 0 25
Erin Popovich  United States 2000 - 2008 S6, S7 14 5 0 19
Uri Bergman  Israel 1976 - 1988 ? 11 0 1 12
Claudia Hengst  West Germany 1988 - 2004 L6, SM10 13 4 8 25
Siobhan Paton  Australia 2000 S14 6 0 0 6
Mike Kenny  Great Britain 1976 - 1988 1A, 1C 16 2 0 18
Matthew Cowdrey  Australia 2004 - 2012 S9 13 7 3 23
Stephanie Dixon  Canada 2000 - 2008 S9 7 8 2 17
Priya Cooper  Australia 1992 - 2000 S8 9 3 4 16
Natalie du Toit  South Africa 2004 - 2012 S9 13 2 0 15
Erling Trondsen  Norway 1976 - 1992 ? 13 ? ? 20
Daniel Dias  Brazil 2008 - 2012 S5 10 4 1 15
David Roberts  Great Britain 2000 - 2008 S7 11 4 1 16
Christopher Holmes  Great Britain 1988 - 2000 S12? 9 5 1 15

Nations[edit]

Nation 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 Years
 Argentina (ARG) 5 8 10 7 8 5 2 2 8 8 10 12 8 11 14
 Armenia (ARM) 1 1 2
 Aruba (ARU) 1 1
 Australia (AUS) 1 8 14 7 8 11 29 25 27 30 53 30 35 34 36 15
 Austria (AUT) 8 4 17 9 10 9 4 3 1 3 2 2 3 2 14
 Azerbaijan (AZE) 1 2 2
 Bahamas (BAH) 2 4 2
 Barbados (BAR) 1 1
 Belarus (BLR) 2 2 7 6 6 6 6
 Belgium (BEL) 4 2 11 12 3 2 4 4 4 3 2 4 4 13
 Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) 1 1
 Brazil (BRA) 1 1 1 5 9 13 11 63 21 24 20 34 12
 Bulgaria (BUL) 1 1
 Canada (CAN) 15 14 26 31 53 27 23 13 25 19 21 24 26 13
 Chile (CHI) 1 1 1 1 1 2 6
 China (CHN) 15 10 7 11 27 51 40 51 61 9
 Chinese Taipei (TPE) 2 3 1 1 1 2 6
 Colombia (COL) 2 4 2 3 6 9 6
 Costa Rica (CRC) 1 1
 Croatia (CRO) 3 2 2 3 4 4 2 7
 Cuba (CUB) 4 2 1 1 1 2 3 7
 Cyprus (CYP) 1 2 1 2 3 2 1 1 8
 Czechoslovakia (TCH) 3 2 2
 Czech Republic (CZE) 2 13 16 7 7 6 6
 Denmark (DEN) 3 5 5 15 15 14 14 14 14 8 4 5 4 13
 Ecuador (ECU) 3 1 1 3
 Egypt (EGY) 7 8 3 9 3 5 1 2 8
 Estonia (EST) 3 4 4 3 2 2 3 7
 Faroe Islands (FRO) 3 4 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 9
 Fiji (FIJ) 7 1 1 3
 Finland (FIN) 1 10 14 8 7 7 4 4 5 4 1 2 3 13
 France (FRA) 1 1 13 19 20 28 29 25 19 16 15 11 12 10 6 15
 Georgia (GEO) 1 1 2
 Germany (GER) 7 4 34 28 26 18 21 21 30 9
 Great Britain (GBR) 14 13 29 23 15 22 70 42 45 53 48 34 35 49 30 15
 Greece (GRE) 2 2 1 5 10 12 13 11 16 9
 Guatemala (GUA) 5 2 2
 Honduras (HON) 1 1
 Hong Kong (HKG) 3 2 3 2 3 4 5 2 8
 Hungary (HUN) 9 8 8 10 12 8 11 9 10 9
 Iceland (ISL) 5 7 10 9 8 4 1 2 2 3 10
 India (IND) 3 3 2 1 1 5
 Indonesia (INA) 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 4 8
 Individual Paralympic Athletes (IPA) 1 1
 Iran (IRI) 1 1 2
 Iraq (IRQ) 1 1 2
 Ireland (IRL) 1 3 4 4 1 5 5 4 3 3 3 6 5 4 14
 Israel (ISR) 2 5 19 15 24 8 13 12 11 7 8 8 7 5 7 15
 Italy (ITA) 16 14 12 4 5 2 11 20 10 7 2 7 10 11 21 15
 Jamaica (JAM) 3 8 4 1 1 5
 Japan (JPN) 6 3 1 8 6 7 37 10 7 17 24 18 20 19 14
 Kazakhstan (KAZ) 1 1 2 4 4
 Kenya (KEN) 1 2 1 3
 Kuwait (KUW) 3 2 1 3
 Latvia (LAT) 1 1 2
 Lithuania (LTU) 1 1 2 1 1 5
 Luxembourg (LUX) 1 2 1 1 4
 Macau (MAC) 1 1 1 1 4
 Madagascar (MAD) 1 1
 Malaysia (MAS) 2 2 1 2 3 2 2 1 8
 Malta (MLT) 1 1 2
 Mauritius (MRI) 1 1 2
 Mexico (MEX) 1 19 15 8 1 3 4 12 11 11 16 20 12
 Moldova (MDA) 1 1
 Montenegro (MNE) 1 1 2
 Morocco (MAR) 3 3 1 3
 Myanmar (MYA) 2 1 1 3
 Namibia (NAM) 1 1
 Nepal (NEP) 1 1
 Netherlands (NED) 2 4 12 15 24 38 27 18 12 19 15 7 7 13 19 15
 New Zealand (NZL) 6 5 3 6 1 3 3 7 5 5 3 6 8 13
 Norway (NOR) 10 10 11 10 14 23 1 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 14
 Pakistan (PAK) 1 1
 Panama (PAN) 1 1 2
 Peru (PER) 1 1 2 2 2 2 6
 Philippines (PHI) 1 1 1 3
 Poland (POL) 14 18 29 14 17 9 8 23 24 12 9 8 12
 Portugal (POR) 6 6 5 8 4 5 6
 Puerto Rico (PUR) 2 1
 Rhodesia (RHO) 1 3 11 12 4
 Romania (ROU) 2 3 2
 Russia (RUS) 10 20 15 34 36 5
 Rwanda (RWA) 1 1
 Serbia and Montenegro (SCG) 2 1 1
 Seychelles (SEY) 1 1
 Singapore (SGP) 2 1 2 2 2 5
 Slovakia (SVK) 5 6 4 3 2 1 6
 Slovenia (SLO) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
 Soviet Union (URS) 8 1
 South Africa (RSA) 3 3 9 10 2 12 9 10 10 6 10
 South Korea (KOR) 16 3 2 3 4 5 9 8 8
 Spain (ESP) 4 14 6 10 20 19 52 41 55 47 39 32 12
 Sri Lanka (SRI) 1 1 2
 Sudan (SUD) 2 1
 Sweden (SWE) 5 10 25 31 23 24 18 17 8 3 4 5 6 13
 Switzerland (SUI) 2 9 6 9 9 3 5 3 3 2 5 1 1 1 14
 Syria (SYR) 1 1
 Thailand (THA) 2 2 1 1 10 12 8 7 4 9
 Trinidad and Tobago (TTO) 4 4 1 3
 Turkey (TUR) 1 1 2 2 3 5
 Uganda (UGA) 1 1
 Ukraine (UKR) 7 11 21 31 44 45 6
 Unified Team (EUN) 11 1
 United States (USA) 6 25 33 20 32 45 63 73 66 42 29 45 38 34 33 15
 Uruguay (URU) 1 1 1 3
 Uzbekistan (UZB) 1 1 7 3
 Venezuela (VEN) 1 2 1 3 3 4 2 7
 Vietnam (VIE) 1 1 3 4 4
 West Germany (FRG) 20 19 18 44 35 14 6
 Yemen (YEM) 1 1
 Yugoslavia (YUG) 3 5 7 2 1 1 6
 Zimbabwe (ZIM) 3 1 2
Nations 15 13 24 33 34 36 43 44 56 50 62 61 62 66 79
Competitors 77 98 264 279 362 441 541 502 487 457 575 560 547 600 593
Year 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • "Swimming - About the sport". International Paralympic Committee. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-14.